Thursday, 14 March 2013




tongue-twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly, and can be used as a type of spoken (or sung) word game. Some tongue-twisters produce results which are humorous when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value.

Tongue twisters can be extremely interesting energizers and can be very tempting, provided that the teacher knows how to make them interesting enough. Saying aloud tongue twisters is fun enough! Why not try singing it?! Here we've provided you with a tongue twister song that will surely twist you tongue to no ending! Are you ready? Let's sing!

Octo the Octopo was driving in Morocco
Down a busy roado in his purple turbo
he had one armo on the steering wheelo
he had 7 armos left
One was picking up a cup of cocoa mocha
One had a big ol’ loco burrito
One was in the back picking up a pack of gumo
One was at the radio searching for a songo
One was on his phono texting Marco Polo
One was making sureo his hairo was perfecto
one was at his noseo scratchingo an itcho
I guess you knowo what happened to Octo
And his purple turbo in Morocco
He wasn’t payingo enougho attentiono
His turbo hito phono polo
He has no armos left
He has no armos left
One was on his phono texting Marco Polo



Peer Command is a game conducted similar to how the game "Simon Says" is conducted. This game is especially effective when teachers intend to gather students' attention towards him/her by making the students listen to his/her command in a fun and physical way. Only in this case, teachers are not going to give command, but instead, students will have the opportunity to give command to their peers. 

Students know what best and most fun for them. So, by letting them choose their command, teachers will help them to feel like they have at least a little control over the situation. Teachers do not have to be the people in charge all the time, right? 

This is how Peer Command is conducted:
1. Divide students into few big groups.
2. Elect a leader. The leader will give commands.
3. Once everybody is ready, start the game.
4. Whoever fails to follow the chain of commands given by the leader will be eliminated.
5. The person standing until the end of the game will be the winner.

*Note: This doesn't have to be long. Three to four minutes would be enough. The primary aim is to get the students energized and get them ready for the lesson. 



Building the spiritual side of a student is a part of the teacher's responsibility. Every teachers have their own creative ways of giving soul treatments to their students. Some might instill the religious part in a form of prayer reciting, others might do the same thing by using songs and poems. Any ways are encouraged. 

Here, we suggest teachers to conduct a jazz chant recitation for energizers. Jazz chant is a poem that use jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of conversational American English. Jazz Chants provide an innovative and exciting way to improve your student's speaking and listening comprehension skills while reinforcing the language structures of everyday situation. Poems meant for jazz chants are usually written with lots of repetition in it. Children likes repetition and repetition is proven to be helpful in memory retention. 

Here, we have provided you with a fruit poem, written specially for the purpose of introducing children to different types of fruits and to eventually be grateful to their Creator for such beautiful and beneficial gifts. This is a way of teaching children to be grateful for what they have in life.

Just remember teachers, REPETITION is the key to success in memorizing. And don't just teach them to memorize by heart, but teach them to PRACTICE by heart as well. Knowing without practicing results to nothing.

Poem written by Dayang Khairunnisha binti Abang Mohammad

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a MANGO (2x)
So sweet and yellow
So soft you can just swallow

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a PEAR (2x)
With a flesh so fair
Eat me with the skin or bare

Who am I? (2x)
I’m an APPLE (2x)
As sweet as your dimple
Always red, sometimes green, but never purple

Who am I? (2x)
I’m a CASHEW (2x)
I might be something new
My fruit and my seed? Both are useful to you

Remember friends,
Before you eat us, say Bismillah (Bismillah)
After you eat us, say Alhamdullilah (Alhamdulillah)
Remember us, remember Allah

*Note : the poem can always be adapted to students' needs.

Alhamdullillah.... Those are the 3 activities we suggest teachers bring into their class, not just for the purpose of energizing the students, but also for the other element of them that will surely help with the holistic development of the students. Please do try them. May Allah bless us all...


  1. great activities. Love that you include videos along the activities. Good job pals!

  2. thank you very much guys! we hope that these activities will help you as teachers and teachers to be!

  3. nice blog.. the poem written by nisa is good. easy to understand.. keep up the good work.. do visit, comment n follow our blog too.. TQ.. =)

  4. thank you very much... we'll visit your blog soon, insyaAllah...